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ERIC Number: EJ1113564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0889
Pursuing Prestige in Higher Education: Stratification, Status, and the Influence of College Ranking
Ortagus, Justin C.
College and University, v91 n2 p10-19 Jul 2016
Research has suggested that changes in rankings have an impact on admissions outcomes at colleges and universities. This study incorporates organization theory to explain these mechanisms and other external forces driving the pursuit of prestige in higher education. Beyond updating and replicating previous findings related to the impact of college rankings on admissions outcomes, U.S. News & World Report and IPEDS data from 2001 through 2010 are used to describe the low variability of prestige among the top 50 institutions, show that an increase in an institution's ranking has a negative effect on the enrollment figures of first-year African-American students, and examine a possible "threshold effect" associated with greater changes in admissions outcomes for institutions joining an elite peer group, such as the top 10, top 25, or top 50.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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